Los Fresnos, Texas

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Los Fresnos, Texas
Nickname(s): Lost Fresnos
Location of Los Fresnos, Texas
Location of Los Fresnos, Texas
Cameron County LosFresnos.svg
Coordinates: 26°4′24″N 97°28′41″W / 26.07333°N 97.47806°W / 26.07333; -97.47806Coordinates: 26°4′24″N 97°28′41″W / 26.07333°N 97.47806°W / 26.07333; -97.47806
Country United States
State Texas
County Cameron
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,542
 • Density 1,887/sq mi (728.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78566
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-44116[1]
GNIS feature ID 1374724[2]
Website www.citylf.us

Los Fresnos (Spanish for "The Ash Trees"[3]) is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,542 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 4,512 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas.

Located in south-central Cameron County, the city was named for the fresnos (Fraxinus berlandieriana) scattered in the woods and along streams. In 1912, Lon Hill, an early land owner, formed a company to develop a canal system which would use the Rio Grande to irrigate land for farming. Railroad construction in the early 1900s began to bring settlers to the area, and by 1915 a post office was established. Because of the fertile, irrigated land, farm products increased, and with the long growing season in the Rio Grande Valley, farming flourished. Today the city is still surrounded by fertile farm/ranch land. Major crops are cotton, sugarcane, grains, oranges, and red grapefruit.


Los Fresnos is located slightly south of the geographic center of Cameron County at 26°4′24″N 97°28′41″W / 26.07333°N 97.47806°W / 26.07333; -97.47806 (26.073216, -97.478164).[5] It is 12 miles (19 km) north of the center of Brownsville and 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Harlingen.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Los Fresnos has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km2), of which 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 3.98%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,113
1960 1,289 15.8%
1970 1,297 0.6%
1980 2,173 67.5%
1990 2,473 13.8%
2000 4,512 82.5%
2010 5,542 22.8%
Est. 2014 6,447 [6] 16.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,512 people, 1,296 households, and 1,092 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,868.9 people per square mile (722.9/km²). There were 1,480 housing units at an average density of 613.0 per square mile (237.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.96% White, 0.42% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 14.38% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 84.62% of the population.

There were 1,296 households out of which 53.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48 and the average family size was 3.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.4% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,793, and the median income for a family was $27,670. Males had a median income of $20,459 versus $17,904 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,507. About 28.5% of families and 34.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.8% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Los Fresnos Post Office.[8]

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates the Port Isabel Service Processing Center, which is located in an unincorporated area adjacent to Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport, 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Los Fresnos.[9]

Sites of interest[edit]

The Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo & Livestock Show is held every year the first week in February.

Los Fresnos Motocross Park has campsites available at the track to accommodate RV's and tents. Quads are also welcomed to race. There are categories for every age and bike sizes, such as Mini 50cc, 250cc, Quads, etc.

Little Graceland is on West Highway 100 and contains a small collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including photos, posters, watches, and playing cards. It is operated by Simon Vega, who served with Presley in the Army in Germany from 1958 to 1960.


Los Fresnos is served by the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District.

The Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library serves Los Fresnos.[3]



  • Los Fresnos News

Radio stations[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Home." Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Los Fresnos city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Post Office Location - LOS FRESNOS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Port Isabel Service Processing Center." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved on July 21, 2010.

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